Home Worship

for Creation Care Sunday

April 25, 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones.

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! 

Organ Prelude: All Hail the Power of Jesus Name


Wesley Reading: Finding God in Creation

This Sunday is Creation Care Sunday! 

“The pure of heart see all things full of God. They see him in the firmament of heaven, in the moon walking in brightness, in the sun when he rejoiceth as a giant to run his course. They see him ‘making the clouds his chariots, and walking upon the wings of the wind.’ They see him ‘preparing rain for the earth,’ ‘and blessing the increase of it.’”

John Wesley, Sermon 23, “Sermon on the Mount, III,” §I.1, Works 1:513.

Creation Care Call to Worship

We gather together to worship God, the Shepherd of our souls.

The one who has created us, who sustains us, who redeems us,

who walks beside us in good times and bad,

and who calls us to follow.

This is our God!

Let’s worship Him together!

Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth

1. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies;

                         Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light;

                          Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

5. For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above, offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love;

                         Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

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Reading of Psalm 23

The Divine Shepherd, A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Call and Response Gloria Patri

Leader: Glory be to the Father,

People; and to the Son,

All: And to the Holy Ghost;

Leader: As it was in the beginning,

People: is now, and ever shall be:

All: World without end. Amen.

Scripture John 10:1-6, 11-18 (CEB)

10 1 I assure you that whoever doesn’t enter into the sheep pen through the gate but climbs over the wall is a thief and an outlaw. 2 The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The guard at the gate opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 Whenever he has gathered all of his sheep, he goes before them and they follow him, because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger but will run away because they don’t know the stranger’s voice.” 6 Those who heard Jesus use this analogy didn’t understand what he was saying.

I am the good shepherd

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13 He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him.

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd.

17 “This is why the Father loves me: I give up my life so that I can take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I give it up because I want to. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it up again. I received this commandment from my Father.”


Message: "Listen to the Voice"

Kim Wendt, Creation Care Task Team

Lectionary Series


Prayers of the People: A Creation Prayer


“Lord, may we love all your creation, all the earth and every grain of sand in it. May we love every leaf, every ray of your light. May we love the animals: you have given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Let us not trouble it; let us not harass them, let us not deprive them of their happiness, let us not work against your intent. For we acknowledge unto you that all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending, and that to withhold any measure of love from anything in your universe is to withhold that same measure from you. Amen.” – a prayer spoken by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Face to Face - Oceanview Worship

Verse 1

Oh I'm a traveler far from home, I get lost but I press on

'Cause there's a mansion and streets of gold, Where I belong

Verse 2

Yes there's a day coming soon, Where the old will be made new

And Heaven's glory shines like the morning, Before our eyes

Chorus 1

When we all see Jesus, When we all see Jesus

No more sickness, No more madness, No more pain

When we all see Jesus, Face to face

Verse 3

Then we will sing with the angel voices, There will be a great rejoicing

Holy holy worthy worthy, Is the lamb

Chorus 2

When we all see Jesus, Yes when we all see Jesus

No more sickness, No more madness, No more pain

When we all see Jesus, Face to face

When we all see Jesus, Face to face

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Commission and Blessing

(based on Psalm 23, John 10, 1 John 3:16-24)

Go now with your trust in the good shepherd, and let us love, not just in words, but in truth and action. Believe in the name of Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

And may God be at your side, even in valleys of death. May Christ Jesus be the cornerstone of your life. And may the Holy Spirit abide in you . . . and tend you with love and mercy all the days of your life.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, . . . In the name of Christ. Amen.

Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/benediction-for-easter-4.html.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021, from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Acts 4:5-12

Psalm: Psalm 23

2nd Reading: 1 John 3:16-24

Gospel: John 10:11-18